Tutorials

In Depth: Skin Retouching Part 2: The Plug-ins

Need to touch up your actor’s complexion quickly and easily? There are a lot of plug-ins on the market that can help you with this task. I’ll cover the big players and a few new to the market: Digital Anarchy Beauty Box, GenArts Sapphire S_Beauty, FXHOME HitFilm, the recently released Imagenomic Portraiture for video, the brand-spanking new Dashwood Smooth Skin. Red Giant Cosmo and Colorista II are also on the agenda.

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 - 10:40 AM

Motion Blur for X-Particles

Mike Batchelor shows a couple of ways to create motion blur using X-Particles default material and objects.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 - 11:41 AM

In Depth: What in the Heck is Bokeh?

Bokeh is a type of defocus or lens blur where the blur takes on the shape of the lens diaphram. We explain how to pronounce the word, how it is created, and show lots of cool examples. Also, a few plug-ins to create a bokeh in post-production.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:57 PM

Working with OBJ Sequences in Element 3D

Charles Yeager leads you along in this tutorial on how to do some key things when using OBJ files exported from 3ds Max and used in Video Copilot Element 3D. He also uses ReelSmart Motion Blur from RE:Vision Effects.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:47 PM

Create an Atmospheric Snow Shot in Nuke and Maya

Although I am entirely sick of winter, CGI Tuts+ has a great tutorial on creating an atmospheric snow shot with Nuke and Maya. They also use Photoshop.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 - 04:25 PM

Adobe After Effects Tilt Shift Tutorial

Tilt shift makes your video and images look miniature, like toys. In this project, they use Posterize time, Camera Lens Blur, CC Light Sweep and Fast Blur to create the effect.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 - 02:23 PM

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

Keying is part technical skill, part patience, and part sorcery. This series will take you through different areas of keying, not so much to teach you step by step, but to talk about some of the problems you’ll run into and how to fix them.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:48 AM

In Depth: Apple FCP X 10.1, Plug-in Compatibility and Resources

FxPlug 3 is new with this release, and it allows custom plug-in interfaces and dual-GPU support. We will let you know if we learn of any incompatibility issues with plug-ins. We are requesting that you let us know if you encounter any problems with plug-in incompatiblity with the new version of FCP X 10.1 or Motion too. We can put together a nifty list if it's needed.Thanks!

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 08:12 AM

Stylized Lava Lamp in After Effects

Let’s start Tutorial Tuesday with a groovy 1970’s throwback, the lava lamp! The tutorial is from Mikey Borup at Premium Beat. This tutorial is for beginners and covers things like fast blur and levels. They also go over Motion Sketch and the Light Sweep plug-in.

Posted on Feb 04, 2014 - 07:36 AM

Flashback Effect from the Bourne Trilogy Movies

Eddy Bergman has a cool tutorial on getting that flashback look that you may have seen in the Bourne Identity and other films in the series. He uses Adobe After Effects and RE:Vision Effects ReelSmart Motion Blur to give it a convincing look.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 - 09:44 AM

Advanced Spin FX Tutorial from Video Copilot

A new one from Andrew and Company, just in time for Tutorial Tuesday at Toolfarm. He shows how to create a dynamic spectral animation without using any party plug-ins.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 - 09:41 AM

Everyday VFX in Avid Media Composer with Boris Continuum Complete

Steve Holyhead’s engaging presentation shed light on three everyday VFX problems, Pan & Zoom, Beauty Pass, and Transitions, which he solves using an array of filters from the BCC 8 AVX package.

Highlights included: a Ken Burns style pan & zoom with no key framing needed (!); a 1-2-3 step approach (BCC Smooth Tone, BCC Film Glow & BCC Film Grain) to giving your talent that Hollywood glow; and the power of BCC transitions - quick, easy, and versatile.

Plus, get a sneak peak of the soon-to-be released BCC v8.2 AVX with up to 100% improvement in render time, the additions of lots more “green dot” effects, and enhanced real-time performance.

Posted on May 07, 2013 - 11:29 AM

3D Set Extensions with Trapcode Particular and The Foundry CameraTracker

Create a 3D set extension with fog using Stock Footage. Use Camera Tracker to matchmove inside of AE.

Posted on Mar 06, 2012 - 08:14 AM

GenArts Sapphire Blur Tutorial for After Effects

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Blur effect for After Effects. There are many kinds of blurs in the Sapphire package including Blur, BlurChroma, BlurChannels, BlurDirectional and BlurMotion. This tutorial is useful for all Sapphire hosts. 

Posted on Sep 03, 2011 - 07:47 PM

GenArts Sapphire Convolve Tutorial for After Effects

Video Tutorial of the Sapphire Convolve effect for After Effects. Convolve convolves a source image with a given kernel image. This tutorial is useful for all host of Sapphire.

Posted on Sep 03, 2011 - 07:37 PM

Digieffects Yo CAT Tutorial with Digieffects Damage and Video Copilot Twitch

Animate Text and graphic elements using Videocopilot TWITCH and digieffects DAMAGE. 

 
Posted on May 29, 2011 - 02:33 PM

Digieffects Depth Intro Tutorial

Intro Tutorial on digieffects Depth plugin. Author: Dustin Klein

Posted on May 24, 2011 - 11:36 AM

Red Giant QuickTip #39: Fairytale Lighting in After Effects

In this tutorial Harry Frank demonstrates how to take a regular, run-of-the-mill shot and turn it into something beautiful and moody, straight out of a fairytale. You'll learn how to set up a down-and-dirty 3D track, add volumetric light and dust to a live action shot, and then finish it with some simulated camera lens blur.

Posted on May 23, 2011 - 07:40 PM